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Our Process

There is something infinitely pleasing about hand printed textiles.

From the first artistic marks on paper to a traditional printing method, our process has manual, creative practice at its core.

Our process of hand screen printing produces a fabric that has a charm and character all of its own, keeping alive a method and skill sadly disappearing in a digital age. It is labour intensive and requires planning and practice but is at the heart of what we consider to be a very special product.

From the simplest of eye catching shapes to the most complex of intricate details, many of our patterns start life as sketches inspired by architectural forms or decorative art from culturally diverse sources.

​We mix our own water based inks and are continually developing a colour palette to provide you with a product that both co-ordinates and complements the finest of interior schemes.​

The base cloth

Our 100% linen base fabric is woven especially for us in Lancashire. It is a medium weight cloth with a Martindale rub test score of 20,000, making it perfect for general domestic use. 

 

Unprinted linen, in our two base colours - natural and oyster, can be purchased separately to coordinate with our printed fabrics.

We use environmentally friendly, water based inks to produce our patterns which are then heat cured to increase the life of the print. And whilst our cloth is washed during the weaving stage all our fabrics must be dry cleaned to preserve the appearance of the linen. We would be happy to discuss any particular concerns you have regarding the treatment of your fabric.

​Our fabric is made from a 100% pure and natural fibre and can be used in any setting without a fire retardant treatment. However, if you are intending to use it as a fixed upholstery cover, you should speak to your upholsterer about the use of a fire retardent interlining to ensure that the finished furniture meets the required legislation.